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Member postings for Brian Baker 1

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Thread: Wire
16/12/2021 16:27:43

Greetings Derek, wire of that type could br used on the standing rigging of a sailing dinghy.


Brian B

Thread: Help! Identification for a live steam model required
16/12/2021 16:24:36

Norm, the big flat stretcher was an after thought, added to the later batches of 5 inch Britannia kits, and offered to the 71/4 builders.


Brian B

16/12/2021 07:43:25

Greetings Rob, could you check what metal has been used for the large drag box at the rear of you loco, Modelworks tended to use Aluminium for this, and other parts, certainly in 71/4 inch gauge.


Brian B

15/12/2021 16:28:13

Hi Rob, I might be wrong, but I think you have bought an ex Winson or Modelworks kit built Britannia. the look and style of certain fittings leads me to believe this.

A good start, because after the bits you have, every thing went wrong for these kits.



Thread: Drilling and filling of the Dental kind.
03/12/2021 16:51:19

Also, I believe the training period for new dentists is 6 to 7 years, with low income, and they are required to take refresher courses from time to time.

Dentists also have, I understand, the highest suicide rate of all occupations.



Thread: Drawings A4 Pacific
20/11/2021 12:20:15

Hi David, I have sent you a PM.

Thread: Track Maintenance
09/11/2021 07:39:19

Greetings to you all. Duncan has the answer as above.

A while ago, Model Engineer had a several part article "Plastic Magic" describing the use of recycled plastic as sleepers.



Thread: Vertical boiler design
03/10/2021 15:10:24

greetings Dave, have a look at K N Harris's book "Model Boilers and Boilermaking", which has several designs for vertical boilers, and I think Martin Evans did one designed for injector testing. published in ME, a while ago.


Brian B

Thread: Broadly speaking
23/09/2021 16:28:09

Geoff, looks like you had a good time, was this in the "Falcon" from Stalham Museum of the Broads, or another launch.

There are quite a few privately owned steam launches on the Norfolk Broads, but I have yet to track down any rallies.


Brian Baker

Thread: Dodgy eyes and extra workshop lighting
09/09/2021 13:38:44

Greetings, I recently had all the fluorescent fittings replace with LED tubes, which is a big improvement, with much reduced running costs.

Well worth doing.



Thread: Read the small print
06/09/2021 12:40:49

Hi Brian, I also found the RAC unhelpful, and moved away to a LV insurance based scheme, which was very good.


Another Brian

Thread: Mill vise and rotary table
25/08/2021 12:57:29

Greetings, I to have a small dividing head mounted on the right hand end of the Myford VM-F mill, very useful.

Quick to remove, and a fixed tongue tenon makes it easy to replace.

Used exactly as Martin describes above, very useful.

Regards Brian

Thread: Bridget Drawings
21/07/2021 06:14:08

Careful br, I think that ebay ad is for the GA only, not the full set.


Brian B

Thread: Fusible plug in a 5" gauge copper boiler?
29/06/2021 17:11:35

With respect Peter, it is not about melting copper, but melting the silver soldered joints the boiler is made with, around 700C should do the trick if held for a little time.

That said, I prefer not to have a fusible plug fitted, preferring to blank off the bush, since I have in the past had several plugs fail for no good reason.

Also in larger locos with fitted ashpans, the boiler has to be removed to replace the plug, bit annoying if the plug fails for no good reason.


Brian B

Thread: New member from Brussels
26/06/2021 07:46:51

You are right, I have met many good Belgian Model Engineers, both at Antwerp and Brussels, where the 71/4 has been held before, and is due to be held again. (I have fond memories of the chocolate factory visit!). Also should not you chosen design use Walsharts valve Gear?


Brian B

Thread: 0-4-0 Gemma 7.25"
26/06/2021 07:38:06

Greetings Jeremie, yes you can scale up this fine 5 inch gauge locomotive design to 71/4 in, but it is a lot of extra work, and I am not sure what, if any, castings would be available.

If you want to start as a beginner in model engineering, why not build an existing 0-4-0 design in that gauge, there are several good ones, Hercules from Reeves, Jessie, a well loved Ken Swan design, and Don Young also produced a couple of offerings, finally Martin Evan's Singapore is also well spoken of.

Choosing one of these designs would mean drawings and castings available, and you could always alter the cab and tank shape if you wanted something different.


Brian B

Thread: New EBay payment regime
28/05/2021 07:39:49

Greetings Mark, thank you for your comments re cash payments.

Since most of the items I infrequently sell are heavy, or too large to post, people usually collect from me, so cash is fine, and for smaller items, they can make a Paypal payment to my account.

works OK for me.

ebay have been hacked before, I think.


Brian B

27/05/2021 16:22:28

Greetings, I am not happy with the idea of Ebay having my bank account details, given that they have been hacked before, and will now be an even bigger target for hackers, one of whom will eventually through.

I have decided to sell the bits that I have on other websites.


Brian B

Thread: End of the road for me
14/05/2021 16:38:39

Sad to hear that Bill, good luck toyou in the future.


Brian B

Thread: Harrison L5A tool post mod
06/05/2021 12:42:16

Greetings Francis, I think you will have to match the taper yourself, I have never seen any tapered tool posts like the one you show.

On my Harrison 1100, I fitted the usual quick change tool post onto of the flat platform when the 4 way was removed, and which I have never used since.

As a bonus, I made a disc which when fitted on the toolpost spindle, took a spare Myford sized quick change tool post, so that I could use all my Myford sized tools in their holders as well.

You can never have enough QC toolholders!


Brian B

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